WordPress Website Review: Is It Your Best Option?
Shortly after its arrival in 2003,
Founded in 2006, Wix is a cloud-based web development platform. It utilizes a drag-and-drop content builder and its themes are mobile responsive. Wix’s user interface is very easy and intuitive to use, allowing for speedy site development. One literally drags items from a menu board onto the page and the page is developed in real time in front of the user. No need to switch screens to see what has happened!
Wix has various feature packages ranging in price from $5 to $25. Moving up past the $5 and $10 Wix plans lands us at what it calls its most popular “Unlimited” plan for $14 per month. This plan removes Wix advertising from the site and includes several apps for forms and SEO boosting. It also includes unlimited bandwidth and 10 GB of storage. Wix has an active 3rd party app market that increases functions and allows for more flexibility.
SquareSpace, launched in 2004, is a software as a service (or SaaS-based) CMS and it, too, uses a brilliant drag-and-drop content builder, but does require a bit more time to get used to its many user options. The company has several price and feature tiers that range from $12.00 up to $46.
Its entry-level “Personal” plan offers 20 pages with unlimited bandwidth and storage. One can pay monthly for SquareSpace, or get a healthy discount for stepping up to a yearly subscription.
SquareSpace’s lush themes are mobile responsive and quite beautiful. There are opportunities for builders to tweak designs without knowing how to code.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Weebly also utilizes a drag-and-drop user interface, making it extremely easy for novice users to create a professional looking website.
Weebly’s feature bundles range in price from free up to $25.00. Its design tools are arguably the easiest to use, perfect for those with little time and technical know-how. Users can really do a lot with Weebly quite easily – creating viewer perception that a good bit of money was spent on site design. Since 2015, all of Weebly’s themes have been mobile responsive.
Stepping up from Weebly’s generous free offering is the Starter Level, where for $8 per month users can connect their own domain and remove Weebly’s advertising from the site. The package also includes unlimited pages and storage, as well as a Google advertising credit of $100.
Summing Up This WordPress Website Hosting Review
As the founder of “user-friendly” (that term being relative to one’s technical experience) website creation, it’s almost unfair that WordPress is still perceived as the go-to leader in this field. There are, after all, much easier interfaces to create and launch absolutely beautiful websites.
With this astonishing new ease of creation by competitors, there are sacrifices in flexibility. Users can only work with what they are allowed to work with by the developers behind Wix and Weebly and SquareSpace. The real developers of WordPress, “we the people,” have created a nearly limitless universe of options for website builders. If you are dreaming of a website feature that doesn’t yet exist, chances are very good that a plugin can be developed to see the dream become reality.